Former Utah commit chooses to join Boise State football ‘tradition’; another commit chooses Washington

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

Defensive end Will Dissly of Bozeman (Mont.) High committed to Washington on Sunday, he announced on Twitter.

Dissly committed to Boise State the day after the regular-season finale against New Mexico. Coach Chris Petersen left for Washington five days later.

Dissly is the 11th player to decommit from Boise State in the class of 2014, the seventh to do so since Petersen left and the fifth to follow Petersen to Washington.

2014 RECRUITING UPDATE:

ENROLLED
— S Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-2, 200, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— WR A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 190, Narbonne HS (Lomita, Calif.)
— OL Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 275, Jr., Glendale (Ariz.) C.C. (Bagdad, Ariz.)
— QB Tommy Stuart, 6-0, 190, So., Butte College (Baltimore)

COMMITMENTS
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— ATH Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 190, Rocky Mountain HS
— DL David Moa, 6-4, 260, Kearny HS (San Diego)
— C Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-2, 295, East HS (Salt Lake City)
— TE David Lucero, 6-5, 210, Holtville (Calif.) HS
— RB Cory Young, 5-10, 183, Norco HS (Eastvale, Calif.)
— DT Dereck Boles, 6-2, 240, Lakeland (Fla.) HS
— OL Troy Bacon, 6-4, 280, Oak Hills (Calif.) HS
— RB/WR Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 190, Santa Margarita HS (Long Beach, Calif.)
— CB Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS

Reconsidering commits
— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

Former commits (new school)
— WR Shay Fields (TBA — formerly USC)
— RB Squally Canada (Washington State)
— DL Hawkins Mann (Nevada)
— TE Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma)
— QB Jalen Greene (USC)*
— TE Drew Sample (Washington)*
— DL Greg Gaines (Washington)*
— OL Ryan Griswold (TCU)*
— CB Brandon Lewis (Washington)*
— OL Jesse Sosebee (Washington)*
— DE Will Dissly (Washington)*
* indicates players who decommitted after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job

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Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates said earlier this month that his old contacts in the Los Angeles area called him to suggest recruits for the Broncos when he returned to the program.

That recruiting network paid dividends Saturday, when former Utah commit Jeremy McNichols gave the Broncos an oral commitment on his visit to campus. McNichols (5-foot-9, 190 pounds) will play running back and some wide receiver with the Broncos, he said. His role would have been reversed at Utah.

McNichols wasn’t recruited by the former Boise State staff or any of the new coaches at their previous jobs. One of his high school coaches contacted Yates and his video got the coaches’ attention.

Running backs coach Kent Riddle, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and head coach Bryan Harsin visited McNichols on Thursday and offered a scholarship.

“They were telling me the tradition and everything,” McNichols said. “I wanted to be a part of it.”

McNichols was a wide receiver as a sophomore and junior at Lakewood (Calif.) High. He transferred to Santa Margarita High for his senior year and moved to running back. He is from Long Beach, Calif.

He was impressed by the Broncos’ coaching staff.

“They’re young guys. They can relate to us pretty well,” he said. “Most of them are Boise State grads.”

He said his commitment change was about Boise State, not Utah. He had been committed since August. His other offer was from Colorado State.

“It was just the opportunity,” he said. “Utah’s a great place. When I went up there, I loved Utah as well. I just felt like Boise was more of a place for me and I can play really early, I feel, and get a good education.”

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In case you missed it in today’s paper, Robert Prince has landed with the Lions.


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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